Ethan Beard, an early Android development executive told the author that “We knew that Apple was going to announce a phone. Everyone knew that. We just didn’t think it would be that good.” An unnamed Android engineer even went as far as to say their work on Android looked awful when compared to the iPhone: “What we had looked so … nineties.
What would the Android Gruber write about? There are of course Android writers out there, but they mostly cover the latest greatest phone or compare feature sets. They never really put things into context with the overall philosophy of the platform like Gruber does with Apple, because there is no overall philosophy.
In terms of install base, a computing category that did not exist six years ago has come to overtake one that has been around for 38 years.
Google knew what it was doing when it made and marketed Android as an “open” system. It surely anticipated forks by handset makers as a manageable risk as long as Google kept advancing the system. But I wonder if it expected something like Facebook Home: an inside-out heist, made by a company after the same exact user data and advertisers Google is after.
A phone using Google AND Facebook technology? A privacy dream come true!
Kontra responds to Facebook To Reveal “Home On Android” Sources Say Is A Modified OS On HTC At 4/4 Event story:
"A phone using Google AND Facebook technology? A privacy dream come true!"— Kontra (@counternotions) March 29, 2013
Google supposedly built the “OPEN” Android ecosystem to counter iOS’ rise and now they’ve given rise to a monster that threatens to bite the hand that is feeding it. Do i feel sorry for Google? Hell, No.
P.S. Some of Google’s apps on iOS are massively popular and they are prolific revenue generators for the company. Isn’t that a bit ironic?
A year ago this month, Schmidt dropped two whoppers on us, saying that developers would ship first for Android and that most televisions would include Google TV by mid-2012. Much like the Mayan apocalypse, we’re still waiting for those to come to fruition.
The only ones associated with Android who make any real money is Samsung and, ironically, Microsoft.
Uber Geek Robert Scoble on iPhone 5 vs. The Competition
Google to Acer: Open isn’t really Open.
Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica on Why Google arm-twisted Acer:
In a statement sent to Ars tonight, Google said that Acer signed away its rights to make Android-like phones not blessed by Google when it joined the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium designed to promote Android and create “greater openness in the mobile ecosystem.”
And MG Siegler Calls spade a spade:
Man, the Open Handset Alliance is so open. Minus the open part.— MG Siegler (@parislemon) September 15, 2012
I’m fine with Google/Acer stuff. It fully exposes the “open” garbage. Now we can all see the bullshit dripping from their mouths.
— MG Siegler (@parislemon) September 15, 2012
Google is giving a whole new meaning to the word “Open”.